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Old Sep 8, 2006, 11:37 PM   #1
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I haven't seen a praying mantis in ages and all of a sudden I see this one resting on the leaf of thisflower. I managed to get few good shots.

Resizing for postingonly. Hand held, no flash. Enjoy.

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I've always thought that the mantis is just about the coolest bug out there.
It looks like yours didn't want to look at the camera though.

Good captures, nontheless!

I found a baby one last Easter. Unbelievable how tiny they are. I tried to get some pictures of it. Here's the only one that came out decent and also gives some perspective on his size.




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Very nice, Macnite - thanks for sharing. It's been SO long since I've seen one in person, maybe fifteen years. When I was young, praying mantids were all over the place, all the time. Nowadays...

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Macnite: cool photos and I love the red leaf the mantis is on as it really makes him stand out in all of his beauty!!!
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Old Sep 9, 2006, 11:51 AM   #8
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Another nice thing about photographing him on the red leaf is that it matches the reddish shading on his body. Great DOF, too.

DougG - Same situation here. Seems they were everywhere when I was a kid. Rarely see them now. I attribute some of that to the fact that I'm not out playing in the yard as much as I did then.
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Super captures, Emmanuel. Was this with the macro lens or the on camera macro setting?
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Fantastic shots!
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